All told

told

[tohld]
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of tell.
Idioms
2.
all told, counting everyone or everything; in all: There were 50 guests all told.

well-told, adjective
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all told
 
adv
(sentence modifier) taking every one into account; in all: we were seven all told

told (təʊld)
 
vb
1.  the past tense and past participle of tell
 
adj
2.  See all told

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told
past tense of tell, from O.E. talde, past tense of tellan (see tell (v.)).
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Idioms & Phrases

all told

Added up, in summation, as in The ferry will hold 80 passengers all told, or All told, his proposal makes some good points. This idiom, first recorded in 1850, uses the verb tell in the sense of "count."

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